UPDATE: Thursday afternoon police say they have apprehended a suspect. Officers are asking those who live in the area to check their homes and outbuilding for missing property and report it.
SUGAR HOUSE, Utah (News4Utah) – Salt Lake City Police have issued the following notice to people living in the Sugar House and Liberty Wells neighborhoods: keep your homes and cars locked, activate alarm systems, secure valuables, and report suspicious activity.
Police say there has been an increase in burglaries during the day. Over the last 20 days they say there were 27 burglaries in the area with six of them on March 20.
The suspect, according to police, either breaks a window, kicks in a door or goes through a dog door to enter the homes.
“I’d be furious if someone broke into our house,” said Nicholas Lumby, who lives in the targeted crime area.
Lumby told News4Utah’s Brittany Johnson that he has taken matters into his own hands and has installed 24 hour surveillance cameras, a fence for his front yard and one in the back with a lock. He hopes all of this will make someone think twice before trying to break into his home.
“I think it’s better to be safe than sorry,” he said.
Salt Lake City Police believe the person that is responsible for these burglaries is a white male, 6’0 with a thin build. They believe he was last seen wearing black clothing, a backpack and riding a mountain bike.
The neighborhood where police say the suspect has taken advantage of is right across from Liberty Park. Lumby says there are a lot of transients and other people that make their way into their neighborhood from the park. With it being an open area he says “you can’t ever be too cautious.”
“I don’t think anything is too much but I don’t want to see the neighborhood suffer from people becoming too overzealous,” he added.
Police say if you see anything suspicious call (801) 799 – INFO.